The work of urban theologian Kenneth Leech will be celebrated at a conference organised by the Bishop of Liverpool Rt Revd Paul Bayes.
True Prayer: True Justice will be held at Hope Park on Saturday 20th May and will explore Kenneth’s life and work, with the aim of introducing a new generation to his wisdom and insight.
Fostering an ongoing commitment to a prophetic theology and spirituality, the conference hopes to lead to action and further reflection among participants.
Kenneth was a committed Christian Socialist who drew on the historical precedents of the radical Anglo-Catholic tradition. He was a priest, a prophet and a theologian who was rooted in and resourced by a sacramental spirituality.
He was a regular lecturer at universities in the UK and the USA and produced many books of theology and spirituality. His books were practical and grounded in his work and ministry in the East End of London.
The conference will begin with Terry Drummond sharing his reflections on Kenneth’s life and there will be space for others to contribute their memories.
Alison Milbank will deliver the first keynote address entitled Subversive Orthodoxy and Anglo-Catholic Socialism.
After lunch, the second keynote address will be delivered by George Guiver CR and will be called True Prayer: The Importance of Silence and Stillness in Urban Ministry.
The conference will be held at Liverpool Hope University, Hope Park, Liverpool, L16 9JD, on Saturday 20th May from 10am – 4pm.